Numerous ecological regulations impact our fish, yet few volunteers are interested in doing the hard work of registering them to vote. Canvass your local waterways with today's Groupon: for $29, you get a “San Juander” Lummi Island half-day kayak trip or a Bellingham Cultural and Natural History half-day kayak trip from Elakah Expeditions (up to a $60 value each; $35 value for ages 7–13). Trips depart from Lummi Island or Bellingham Bay. Children ages 3–6 can enjoy each trip at no cost.
Elakah Expeditions orients curious marine explorers with excursions unlocking the buoyant pleasures of kayaking. During the “San Juander” Lummi Island half-day trip, experienced and knowledgeable guides lead teams of kayakers through the beautiful and secluded scenery of some of the most picturesque islands in the San Juan archipelago. Towering cliffs and cypress trees, home to nesting peregrine falcons and their hilarious high-speed antics, will surround tour groups as they paddle through and observe diverse wildlife that may include seals, eagles, and, on some occasions, orcas.
The Bellingham Cultural and Natural History half-day trip educates tour-takers during scenic paddles to remote Chuckanut Island. Groups launch from either Wildcat Cove in Larrabee State Park (a $5 parking fee will apply at this location and is not covered by this Groupon) or Boulevard Park in Bellingham (launch site depends on the weather). Paddlers travel past carved sandstone cliffs, keeping a lookout for the river otters, loons, and oystercatchers who may be swimming, eating, or discussing local politics along the miles of virtually untouched shore. Upon reaching Chuckanut Island, kayakers stretch their legs on private beaches while exploring the historic archaeological site owned by the Nature Conservancy.
Both kayak trips are three hours long (either 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 6–9 p.m.), and both offer sunset tours, which augment the majestic views with a backdrop of orange and violet hues. The “San Juander” Lummi Island trip will take place every Wednesday and Saturday (or by appointment) from May 20 to September 30, and the Bellingham Cultural and Natural History trip will take place every Thursday–Sunday from May 19 to September 11. No kayaking experience is necessary, and bathroom breaks will be available.